Dementia and English as a Second Language

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Losing a second language

I’ve written about this topic before, but it never ceases to amaze me. When people with dementia know more than one language, they almost always lose the language they learned second. One of my new residents, Alberta, speaks only Italian. Her family told us that she used to speak English fluently and frequently. Now, though,Continue reading “Losing a second language”

The Same In Every Language.

Astrid was an 85-year-old woman who only spoke German.* She was also the only resident in our community who spoke German. Besides a few staff members, including myself, no one else spoke any German. It didn’t take a lot of work, however, to realize that she was very, very angry about being locked in a community. Continue reading “The Same In Every Language.”

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